Let Us Pray


Once in awhile we are given the privilege to offer prayer to our congregation. This is one of mine from a few years ago. Happy Sunday.

Let Us Pray

Heavenly Father as we once again come to you in prayer this morning, we ask that you would quiet our minds and grant us the grace to open our hearts to you.

Help us to trust you with our lives and all that concerns us.

When we suffer an illness, help us to recognize healing as a blessing.

If healing is not ours to claim then help us to accept eternal life with you as the ultimate blessing.

We ask that you would make us receptive to the blessings you continually send our way and let us be willing to be a blessing to others.

Lord, help us to remember to pray for those whose needs we don’t always think of…our brothers, sisters, and neighbours all over the world who suffer the anxieties of war, famine, natural disasters and unnatural behaviors; those who call out for help and those who are silent in their misery.

Heavenly Father, help us also to remember that you created us to be in relationship with you, to show our love for you by obeying your greatest command, to Love One Another as you love us.

May we most of all recognize your love as our truest blessing.

We pray for the safety and well being of our pastor, Duncan, and his family. We pray for families and friends of our congregation as a whole, and we pray for those who govern our country and indeed those who govern our world.

Help us to feel the need to pray for the enemy of mankind, those who seek destruction rather than peace. We pray that you would lead them to realize that all life is a blessing. Hear us Father God as we continue to praise and thank you with the words your Son Jesus taught us: Our Father……..

A Canadian Thanksgiving


This year Thanksgiving is going to be considerably different with all the precautions being taken for Covid-19.

Families aren’t getting together in large groups, and some aren’t getting together at all.

Me, myself, and I are celebrating the day with Chinese food for one.

Does it matter if we are one person or a group of ten; if we have turkey or Chinese food?

No. Thanksgiving is for giving thanks for everything, whether together or not, whatever the meal is. And giving thanks should be a daily prayer rather than a once a year celebration.

Happy Thanksgiving, Canadians, wherever you are.

A Meaningful Prayer


At our Session meeting last Monday, our Pastor mentioned the prayer of Jabez. It reminded me of one of the many trying times in my life when I cried out to God for help. One day The Prayer of Jabez, by Bruce Wilkinson, jumped out at me in a Christian book store where I worked part time. It helped me in many ways and the Jabez Prayer became a constant in my life for a long time…and my “territory” was definitely enlarged when I became an elder in 2008, and my family continues to grow in leaps and bounds. I also wrote about this book and prayer in 2017. Here, then, is the prayer of Jabez. Happy Sunday.

New Covenant Journal †: Jabez Prayer - The Original Version

Is God Great or What?!?


I hope you are not tired of hearing my God stories because He is one of my favourite topics. This came my way yesterday and is too good not to share:

  • When God Sends You Help, Don’t Ask Questions
     She hurried to the pharmacy to get medication, got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys inside.  The woman found an old rusty coat hanger left on the ground.  She looked at it and said, “I don’t know how to use this.” She bowed her head and asked God to send her some help. Within 5 minutes a beat-up old motorcycle pulled up, driven by a bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag.  He got off of his cycle and asked if he could help.  She said:  “Yes, my daughter is sick. but I’ve locked my keys in my car.  I must get home.  Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?”He said, “Sure.”  He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute, the car door was open.  She hugged the man and through tears, softly said, “Thank you, God, for sending me such a very nice man.” The man heard her little prayer and replied, “Lady, I am not a nice man.  I just got out of prison yesterday; I was in prison for car theft.”  The woman hugged the man again, sobbing, “Oh, thank you, God!  You even sent me a professional.” Is God great or what!?!                  

Prayer for Protection


In 1977, while on vacation in Trinidad, I was introduced to Silent Unity, a 24/7 prayer ministry using affirmative prayer to provide others with faith, courage and strength. A delightful old woman named Miss gave me their devotional magazine, Daily Word, to take home. I subscribed to it for many years and have recently been re-introduced to this wonderful organization. The following prayer has been in my possession for over forty years and is within my daily vision. Happy Sunday.

“The light of God surrounds me; The love of God enfolds me; The power of God protects me; The presence of God watches over me. Wherever I am, God is!” James Dillet Freeman (March 20, 1912 – April 9, 2003)

A Prayer for Covid-19


My scripture reading yesterday was Psalm 80 and within that Psalm was this plea, “Restore us O God; make your face shine upon us that we may be saved.” It was repeated four times referring to the problem of the day. How wonderful that we can make it our prayer today. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NIV. Happy Saturday.

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A Sunday Prayer


Breathe on us breath of God as we welcome your Holy Spirit into our hearts.

Make us aware that talking about you is not the same as talking to you. Help us to do both.

Help us to overcome the obstacles that prevent us from enjoying a relationship with you.

Help us to trust you with the problems we face and the decisions we make.

When we are depressed and anxious help us to feel your love, peace, and presence.

When we lose our sense of compassion, remind us of your compassion for us.

Make us humble enough to know that without you we are incomplete.

Remind us to pray for one another that you would replace our grief with peace, our sickness with healing, our poverty with prosperity, and our self centeredness with thoughts of others.

Grant us the grace to live this day in your strength. Amen.

Happy Sunday.

 

 

 

Lord, Hear Our Prayer


 

Heavenly Father, thank you for hearing our prayer. Help us to be still and know that you are God.

We pray that you will help us to concentrate on our faith instead of our fears, on our triumphs instead of our troubles and on your power instead of our problems.

Help us to see our shortcomings and overcome them.

Show us that when we are unkind, inconsiderate or unthinking, impatient, indifferent or disrespectful, we hurt others.

Remind us that forgiveness is a prerequisite to peace.

In the decisions we face daily grant us the wisdom of Solomon.

For the times we are easily provoked grant us the patience of Job.

When we are tempted to doubt your promises, God, grant us the faith of Mary.

We pray for world peace, sound governments, the end of terrorism of every kind, and the prevention of dread diseases.

We pray that you will help us become the people you want us to be.

Lord, hear our prayer. Amen.

Happy Sunday.

 

Where There’s Doubt


St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) is one of my favorite people of history mainly because of his “Channel of Peace” prayer which when sung or listened to can bring a semblance of peace to a weary soul. The prayer is also a wonderful way to embrace life on a daily basis. Happy Sunday.